Kippur | Chicago Reader


Amos Gitai served in a helicopter rescue unit during the 1973 Yom Kippur war, in which Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel, and this moving autobiographical film (2000) presents war not as hell but as chaos. The historical fiction of the lone hero seizing ground and winning the war on his own has no place here—the unit's chopper is ultimately disabled by a Syrian missile—and there's comparatively little blood and gore. Gitai uses long takes to show the rescuers stumbling through the mud and static shots as they quietly converse between missions; the lack of close-ups forces his characters to share the frame, linking their fates and leaving no one in control. 120 min.

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